mineral eyeshadows

dupes/alternatives masterpost ✨

Hey loves, this masterpost was partially requested and I’m so excited.  I recommend to do your research before buying the dupe, some of the dupes are better than others. Some brands are repeated. Here is a dupe masterpost for MAC lipsticks. Here is a dupe masterpost for liquid lipsticks. Here is a spreadsheet of Coastal Scents eyeshadows to MAC eyeshadow dupes. Most of these dupes I found online so I do not take credit for any of those but some I researched myself. This is under read more because this list is very long. :) If you have any more dupes or questions, feel free to send them in.

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Makeup Starter Kit!


  • E.l.f Cosmetics Eye Brow Kit $3
  • NYX Microbrow Pencil $10.00
  • NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil $4.75
  • NYX Eyebrow Gel


  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Palettes $2.99-$4.68 (depending on where you go)
  • NYX Eyeshadow Palettes $10-$20 (depending on the size)
  • Covergirl Trunaked Palettes $11.49
  • Shea Moisture Wet/Dry Eyeshadow $4.99
  • Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes $7-$15


  • L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes $8.95
  • Maybelline Great Lash $4.00
  • NYC City Proof Mascara $2.99


  • NYC Liquid Liner $2.99
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision $7.25


  • E.l.f Mineral Eyeshadow Primer $3.00
  • NYX Angel Veil $15.99
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser $6.99
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer $6.49
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer $6.49


  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $4.39
  • NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette $11.99
  • NYX HD Concealer $4.99
  • Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal $7.99
  • NYX Concealer Stick $7.39


  • Cover Girl TruBlend Liquid Makeup $9.24
  • Black Opal True Color Pore Perfecting Foundation $10.95
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte $12.99
  • Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation $14.99


  • Wet n WIld Color Icon Blush $2.99
  • E.l.f Blush $3.00
  • Makeup Revolution Matte Blush $5.00
  • Shea Moisture Blush $5.99
  • Milani Baked Blush $7.29
  • L’Oreal True Match Blush $8.89
  • E.l.f Blush Palette $6.09


  • Black Radiance Pressed Powder $4.19 
  • Black Radiance Contour Palette $7.99
  • NYX Concealer Stick $7.39
  • NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette $11.99 
  • Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick $9.95


  • NYX Liquid Illuminators $4.99
  • Ruby Kisses All Over Blow Bronzing Powder $3.99


  • Ruby Kisses Matte Lipsticks $2.99
  • NYX Matte Lipsticks $6.00
  • NYX Butter Lipsticks $6.00
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams $6.00
  • NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick $7.00
  • NYX High Voltage Lipsticks $5.99 (currently $3 on nyx site)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipsticks $5.29
  • Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick $3.00
  • Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer $5.00

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Natural and non-toxic makeup ideas

(Spoiler alert: If you follow me on my Croatian blog, you probably saw this already. I’m translating some 2015 post here so please be patient for the new reviews.)

If you are a natural beauty enthusiast like me, you always try to incorporate natural tips and trick to make your beauty rituals as clean and body-friendly as possible. Now, it’s easy with skincare: most drugstores today sell a good range of organic or even natural products , but makeup it’s a lot harder. Most natural makeup I’ve seen can be only purchased via Facebook pages, Etsy or some indie websites. There’s a small chance you’ll find natural and non-toxic makeup products in local stores (mostly because they don’t contain any conservative ingredients, so they has extra short shelf life - under 6 months and are produced in small batches or custom made after ordering for individual clients and their needs.)  

So, the question is: how to find these products? My answer: make it! It doesn’t take much to make natural makeup and you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already. Here are some of my suggestions:

Liquid/cream foundation with sunscreen: mix your mineral makeup foundation (in a powder form - the stronger the coverage, the better) with your go-to non-toxic sunscreen cream or lotion - I use Kiss my Face 3in1 SPF30 Sensitive side because the formula is gentle and I can even apply it around my eyes (if you use cream it’s going to be thick and you’ll use less product every time, but lotion will be easier to apply and less cakey). The amount can be customized to your needs: add more powder for more coverage and add more cream/lotion for moisturizing properties, natural coverage and better sun protection. I also advise you to make super small amounts of this products because it can get really dry in no time. It is kind of annoying, but it can turn into a no-fuss habit.

For a matte face/T-zone: use cornstarch! Cornstarch is a common ingredient in many commercial face powders (along with talc and silica, except cornstarch is less likely to clog your pores and cause acne). Simply dip your brush in a small amount of cornstarch (I keep mine in baby food containers or empty powder jars - recycling points! or even in a salt shaker so I can use it as dry shampoo). A dry shampoo made entirely out of cornstarch works best on bleached, blonde or silver hair. If you are a brunette or redhead you can add cinnamon, cocoa powder or activated charcoal for a color matching dry powder. Make sure it absorbs well and brush off any excess powder. Most local food stores sell cornstarch and it dirt cheap: few dollars for at least 200 grams, which can last you a whole year.

If you want to use a natural blush, try beet root powder or raspberry powder (although I think beet root powder is way cheaper). You can mix in different natural and edible ingredients with it to make custom shades, which can also be used and mineral eyeshadow or (mixed with a DIY lip balm with some shea butter and coconut oils) lipstick or lip gloss.

For bronzer: use cocoa powder and cinnamon along with cornstarch (you’ll save a lot of money on bronzers and dry shampoo with one DIY product). For matte black eyeshadow: use activated charcoal, but be careful if you have oily lids because it can smudge a lot and make a mess (the same goes with mixing charcoal with coconut oil to make a DIY eyeliner - tried it, smudged like hell).

If you add cocoa powder to shea butter and some other unrefined oils you can make an instant bronzing body lotion for summer or special occasions where you don’t want to or can’t tan outdoors or in a salon (which I don’t endorse, but some people like getting tanned).

For colorful eye makeup, mascaras, highlighters, concealers and opaque lipsticks: you CAN make these but the raw ingredients are often expensive and the recipes are quite tricky. Also, mascaras are super tricky to make because you’ll need a lot of testing to ensure you won’t wake up with a pink eye in the morning and they require a sterile environment for packaging which most of us don’t have in our homes. I advise you to buy from small indie companies that produce good quality, safe and affordable makeup, like the ones on Etsy. Ask your neighbors and friends is someone they know makes natural makeup, but if you can’t find any, check the links on my Cruelty-Free page (in the middle of the list, under “Mineral Makeup”). My favorites are: Everyday Minerals (great foundation formulas and shade selection + amazing brushes!), Concrete Minerals (awesome shade selection for both shimmer and matte shades + the best eye primer ever!) and of course - Meow Cosmetics (my absolute favorites when it comes to eye makeup - thousand of shades, effects, collections and styles. Their Egyptian Treasures eyeshadow collection is so perfect I almost cried when I got it - check this post for swatches.)   



If you saw my previous post you might have been awaiting the tutorial upload! Well here it is… 

Products used: 

* Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product/shimmering-vision-palette-18-colors
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product/shimmering-vision-palette-18-colors

* E24 Flat Shader Brush - Blank Canvas Cosmetics USE DISCOUNT CODE: SHONAGH for 10% OFF http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/e24-flat-shader-lay-down-brush-previously-e26-flat-shader.html

* Neve Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow - Oyster
EU: http://www.nevecosmetics.it/en/mineral-eyeshadow/1432-oyster-mineral-eyeshadow.html?search_query=oyster&results=2

* Benefit Hoola
UK: http://bit.ly/1ZBULV4
US: http://bit.ly/1UgGglU

* Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush
UK: http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/228luxecreasebrush/
Worldwide: https://www.zoeva-shop.de/en/228-luxe-crease/a-8000128/

* Certifeye Sea Green Glitter - 10% OFF USING DISCOUNT CODE ’SHONAGH10’ on orders over £15
Worldwide Shipping: http://certifeye.co.uk/

* E36 Blank Canvas Cosmetics Large Concealer Brush USE DISCOUNT CODE: SHONAGH for 10% OFF http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/e36-large-concealer-eye-shader-vegan-friendly.html

* MakeUp Geek Eyeshadow - Houdini
US: http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/makeup-geek-foiled-eyeshadow-pan-houdini.html
UK: http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/makeupgeek/foiledeyeshadowpan/houdini/

* Bobbi Brown Gel Liner - Ink Black
UK: http://bit.ly/1Pq0BXm
US: http://bit.ly/1iWXZ4Y

* DolledbyMooks Eyelashes - Layla http://www.dolledbymooks.com/#!product/prd18/4469202101/layla

* MakeUp Geek Eyeshadow - Shimma Shimma
UK: http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/makeupgeek/eyeshadowpan/shimma_shimma/
US: http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/makeup-geek-eyeshadow-pan-shimma-shimma.html

* Bobbi Brown Longwear Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1JZzImd
US: http://bit.ly/1ISPLqY

* SHISEIDO Bronzer http://bit.ly/1MNanfN* Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Medium Ash
UK: http://bit.ly/1Sb14KW
US: http://bit.ly/1UdjgpG

* Veil Complexion Fix Pen http://veilcosmetics.com/pages/complexion-fix* MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
UK: http://bit.ly/1RNFgsa
US: http://bit.ly/1SjnKdN

* Zoeva Face Definer Brush https://www.zoeva-shop.de/en/makeup-brushes/face/101-luxe-face-definer/a-8000104/

* MAC Strip Down Lip Pencil
UK: http://bit.ly/1NncGFW
US: http://bit.ly/1UeqwjF

* MAC Subculture Lip Pencil
UK: http://bit.ly/1NncGFW
US: http://bit.ly/1UeqwjF

* Loreal Super Balm - Gossip (no link as it’s not launched yet)

Golds and bronzy colors are my favs when it comes to makeup. Basically if there is a gold or a bronze, I will buy it lol. These are some of my favorite eyeshadow/pigments/skinfinish.